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30 July 2010 @ 11:34 am
I composed this update two days ago, while dismembering the first two roosters we've butchered ourselves in my kitchen sink. It was about how strange it was, the first time I've done this with livestock where a parent wasn't doing the hard parts, because I do care about my birds and I've been their caretaker since they were day-old chicks, but this is an inherent part of the process.

Then I went to feed my rats, and my ten-year-old cornsnake came crawling out of their cage at me.
The wound exposes bone for at least three inches of her back, without enough tissue left to stitch, in addition to the other bites all over most of her body. The prognosis is not hopeful. Last night she threw up her food and began taking the bandages off. She is probably in a great deal of pain. I have never fed her live food since she stopped eating pinkies, to avoid this. She lived with a snake-attacking opossum for four years, the opossum's entire life, in the same room, with only behavioral barriers, without incident.

I am very wrecked right now, even though it won't help her, and my spine is not the one that's exposed.
Our Lady of Perpetual Meanderings: candletwistedcat on July 30th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
oof. i'm so sorry.
Lazy stormsongs wind through the nightsororbabylon on July 30th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)

Sending love, mercy, and healing your way.
Edward Dain: Ekstasisedwarddain on July 30th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to read this, I hope things are as gentle as possible for all of you.
Courtney Fallscouri on July 31st, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry, that's awful.

In things like this I can never say anything that doesn't sound trite, except I'm sorry.
Em: Hugunimportanthero on July 31st, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh no.... I am sorry, darlin.

Unfortunately... I think instinct is still pretty much potent, and that snakes fed on dead food will still go after live food at some point. That or rats will go after the snakes. They eat mice (almost prejudicially), many other rodents, carrion, small animals they can overpower.

Oh man, I do not know what to say. I am so sorry.
Alouiciousalouicious on August 4th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the sympathy. I meant that I never fed her live prey in order to avoid her being chewed apart by a rodent. She was not a rat-eating snake (too small) so the why and how of getting into their home is still a mystery.